Sheriff asks for arrest warrants

Sunday, June 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:39 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has applied for warrants for the arrests of two individuals involved in the accidental shooting of a 17-year-old woman on June 13, Sgt. Tom Reddin said Friday.

The shooting occurred north of Columbia at 501-A Mauller Road when an occupant of the house fired a handgun through the floor. The bullet struck the woman in the back as she was making a bed in the lower floor of the home.

No charges have been filed, but Reddin said the sheriff’s department has forwarded the investigation to the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office and is seeking charges of making false reports and second-degree assault. Whether or not these charges will be filed against the individuals depends on if the prosecutor agrees there is enough evidence to do so, Reddin said.

Reddin said he would not release the names of the two individuals until charges are filed.

The occupants of the house originally reported that an intruder shot the woman and then fled. That story was dismissed by investigators because there were inconsistencies in the evidence of the case.

Reddin said he was unsure of the woman’s current status at University Hospital, but the last reports he received said she was in fair condition.

— Aaron Richter

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